Sail away with Monterey Rec

Recreational cruises being offered through rec centre

The waters off Oak Bay Marina beckon to would-be sailors

The waters off Oak Bay Marina beckon to would-be sailors

Monterey Recreation Centre is offering families a chance to sail the ocean blue – for a day – on its Family Boat Adventure Tour.

Skipper Al Lubkowski will take would-be sailors on a tour of Oak Bay and surrounding islands aboard the 45-foot vessel Aquitaina. Passengers will have chances to see marine wildlife, play with kelp, pull up crab traps and much more.

Registration cost is $45 per adult and $20 per child or teen.

Two dates are available: Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are asked to bring water to drink and a lunch.

If a more hands-on sailing experience is more appealing, try out the Sailing Adventure.

Instructor Lubkowski encourages participants to get their hands dirty by helping to operate a 35-foot Beneteau sloop, while enjoying the offshore scenery.

Those outings happen July 8 and Aug. 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; July 14 and Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $90 per person.

For an evening of basic sailing instruction, jump on board for the Sunset Supper Cruise. Participants will receive basic sailing instruction and the cruise winds up with a bring-your-own picnic dinner at anchor off Chatham Island. The cost is $90 each, with two dates to choose from: July 21 and Aug. 6, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

All cruises will set out from the Oak Bay Marina. To book a spot, visit the rec centre at 1442 Monterey Ave.

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